Updated Mon, Jul 28, 2014 3:56 pm
A record number of medical students received their white coats as part of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s convocation ceremony on Saturday.
The school welcomed 190 new students, the largest incoming class in its 39-year history. The white coats symbolize the students’ status as physicians in training.
“Here you will learn to become not just smart doctors, but caring doctors,” Dan Krajcik, president of the Heritage College Student Government Association, told the incoming class. “You will stand out in the future, not because you treat patients solely with your head, but also with your heart.”
Ninety-one percent of the new students are from Ohio. Three are taking part in the D.O./Ph.D. program which combines training in medicine and research.
The medical school opened its new Dublin campus earlier this month and is set to open another campus in Cleveland next year.
“You begin your osteopathic medical studies at an extremely exciting and important time in the history of this college,” Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson said.
Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., president of Ohio University, noted that not only is the Dublin campus the first new site for the Heritage College, but the first new regional campus the University has opened in nearly 60 years.